Committees



Like most nonprofits, CAM relies heavily on volunteers to achieve our mission. Each committee’s work is guided by a charter and annual objectives, approved by the Board of Directors. Members of the association are able to serve on "Member Committees". Thank you to all the committee members who volunteer their time and expertise to strengthen and unify California museums.  


MEMBER COMMITTEES

Current CAM Individual, Institutional, and Business Members are eligible to serve on the following committees.
 

California Networks Council 

The California Networks Council  fosters collaborative learning networks for the benefit of California museums and museum professionals. The organizational members of the California Networks Council are local, regional, or statewide networks that serve California museums.
Chair: Lisa McDermott, Director, Carnegie Arts Center Foundation
Members:
Manuel Aguilar, President, San Diego EMP
Maya Austin, Arts Program Specialist, California Arts Council
Julie Baker, Executive Director, Californians for the Arts
Ariana Bayer, President, Cultural Connections
Amy Cohen, Executive Director, Exhibit Envoy
Rebekah Harding, Past President, Museum Educators of Southern California
Roberta Harlan, Representative, Eastern Sierra Cultural Heritage Alliance
Felicia Harmer Kelley, Project and Evaluation Director, California Humanities
Delta Pick Mello, Chair, Sacramento Association of Museums
Kristen Mihalko, Director of Operations, Balboa Park Cultural Partnership
Lu Spriggs, President, SoCal Museums
TBA
, San Diego Museum Council


Finance Committee

CAM's Finance Committee reviews financial statements and budgets prior to presentation to the Board of Directors, monitors the organization's financial health, recommends an accounting firm for the organization's annual review, among other responsibilities.
Chair: 
Anthony Brown, VP of Finance/CFO, Aquarium of the Pacific
Members:
Horacio Correa Jr., Chief Operating Officer, Fleet Science Center
Rick Noguchi, Chief Operating Officer, Japanese American National Museum


Fund Development Committee

Co-Chairs: Karen Kienzle, Director, Palo Alto Art Center
Kim Kirkhart, Director of Membership, Santa Barbara Zoo
Members:
Bill Bailor, Chief Operating Officer, Community Action Partnership of Orange County
Keasha Dumas Heath, Board member, Museum of African American Art*
Jennifer Jordan, Director of Membership, Los Angeles County Museum of Art*
Rick Noguchi, Chief Operating Officer, Japanese American National Museum
Michael Shanklin, Executive Director, kidSTREAM Children’s Museum
Rick West, President and CEO, Autry Museum of the American West


Government Relations Committee

The Government Relations Committee monitors proposed California legislation that will have an impact on museums, plans advocacy events, and oversee efforts to encourage advocacy from the field. 
Co-Chairs: 
Bill Bailor, Chief Operating Officer, Community Action Partnership of Orange County
Christine Stokes, Museum Director, Coronado Historical Association
Members:
David Burton, Executive Director, Grace Hudson Museum
Horacio Correa, Jr., Chief Operating Officer, Fleet Science Center
John Echeveste, CEO, LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes
Fred Goldstein, former Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary, Museum Associates, The Los Angeles County Museum of Art*
Keasha Dumas Heath, Board member, Museum of African American Art*
Katrice Lee, Senior Director of Development and Grants, San Diego Natural History Museum*
Nikki Lim, Executive Director, California Indian Museum and Cultural Center*
Lisa McDermott, Director, Carnegie Arts Center Foundation
Michael Shanklin, Executive Director, kidSTREAM Children’s Museum
Cate Thurston, Associate Curator, Skirball Cultural Center*


Host Committee

 The Host Committee supports planning and promotion of the 2021 CAM Conference.
Chair: Tomoko Kuta, Deputy Museum Director, New Children's Museum
Members: TBA


Program Committee

The Program Committee supports the success of the annual CAM conference, including the selection of sessions and speakers and the planning of the Host Committee.
Chair: Tomoko Kuta, Deputy Museum Director, New Children's Museum

Members: 
Jennifer Caballero, Marketing Director, Skirball Cultural Center 

Ruth Cuadra, Business Applications Administrator, Getty Research Institute*
Leigh Gleason, Director of Collections, UCR ARTS*
Amy Homma, Director of Education and Public Engagement, Academy Museum of Motion Pictures*
Doug Jenzen, Executive Director, Guadalupe-Nipomo Dunes Center*
Luanne Kanzawa, Executive Director, Japanese Friendship Garden* 
Karen Kienzle, Director, Palo Alto Art Center
Susan Lafferty, Independent Museum Professional*
Cody Lee, Director of Communications, Laguna Art Museum*  
Kevin McGarry, Associate Director for Public Engagement, Santa Barbara Trust for Historic Preservation* 
Nicole Meldahl, Executive Director, Western Neighborhoods Project* 
Delta Pick Mello, Executive Director/CEO, Sacramento History Alliance
Joaquin Ortiz, Director of Innovation, Museum of Photographic Arts 
Kalie Sacco, Chief of Staff, Director's Office, Lawrence Hall of Science* 
Solimar Salas, VP of Museum Content and Programming, Museum of Latin American Art
Joy Tahan Ruddell, Vice President, Board of Directors, Camron Stanford House Museum 
Vicki Wawerchak, Director of Public Programs, Monterey Bay Aquarium*


Strategic Action Committee

The Strategic Action Committee uses foresight research to influence work in the areas of environmental sustainability, emerging professional development, and DEAI (Diversity, Equity, Accessibility, and Inclusion).
Co-Chairs: Mark Katrikh, Director, Museum Operations and Experience, Museum of Tolerance
Joaquin Ortiz, Director of Innovation, Museum of Photographic Arts 
Members:
Chelsea Anderson, Programming Associate, Getty Research Institute*
Rubi Baricuatro, Sustainability Manager, Balboa Park Cultural Partnership*
Ruth Cuadra, Business Applications Administrator, Getty Research Institute*
Lisa Eriksen, Accessibility Coordinator, Palo Alto Junior Museum and Zoo*
Michaeleen Gallagher, Director of Education and Environmental Programs, The Annenberg Foundation Trust at Sunnylands*
Karen Kienzle, Director, Palo Alto Art Center
Carolyn Lopez, Assistant Curator & Registrar, LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes
Solimar Salas, VP of Museum Content and Programming, Museum of Latin American Art
Christine Stokes, Executive Director, Coronado Historical Association
Vickie Stone, Curator of Collections, Coronado Historical Association*
Leah Van Der Mei, Director of Public Operations, California Academy of Sciences


STANDING COMMITTEES


Executive Committee

The Executive Committee is comprised of the officers of the association and the Chair of the Nominating Committee. They oversee the strategic planning process and the review and compensation of the Executive Director, among other tasks. 
President: Jennifer Caballero, Marketing Director, Skirball Cultural Center
Co Vice Presidents: Mark Katrikh, Director, Museum Operations & Experience, Museum of Tolerance
Lisa McDermott, Director, Carnegie Arts Center Foundation
Joaquin Ortiz, Director of Innovation, Museum of Photographic Arts 
Treasurer: Anthony Brown, VP of Finance/CFO, Aquarium of the Pacific
Secretary: Kim Kirkhart, Director of Membership, Santa Barbara Zoo
Past President: Karen Kienzle, Director, Palo Alto Art Center


Governance Committee

The Governance Committee annually selects a slate of nominees for election to fill vacant seats on the board, ensures a diverse membership on the board, and assesses the effectiveness of the Board of Directors.
Chair: Karen Kienzle, Director, Palo Alto Art Center 
Members: Jennifer Caballero, Marketing Director, Skirball Cultural Center
Kim Kirkhart, Director of Membership, Santa Barbara Zoo

* = Non-Board members

CAM's Executive Director and President are ex-officio members of all committees.